2 Timothy

The Authority of the Word in the Church

2 Tim. 3:16-4:2
Jesus declared, “I will build my church.” How does he do that? Today we look at a foundational passage for understanding how Christ builds his church. This begins a four week study of what God is doing in and through the church at East Madison.

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Christlike, Gospel-Centered

2 Timothy 4:9-22
Paul closes out what was to be his final letter in Scripture, giving to Timothy some last instructions, mostly on practical and personal matters. In these, Paul’s character and priorities continue to shine through, and so we stand to profit all the way to the end from the man who earlier said “be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”

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Fulfill Your Ministry

2 Timothy 4:1-8
As Paul sat imprisoned, the poison of false teaching was at work in the Ephesian church As his death loomed ahead, Paul made an urgent appeal to Timothy: Don’t give up! Finish the task you’ve been called to! His concern was first and foremost that the gospel message continue to advance. In order for this to happen, Timothy needed to grasp and run with the gospel-baton that Paul was handing off to him.

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All Scripture

2 Timothy 3:14-17
Through the centuries these verses have played a central role in the church’s understanding of Scripture. So we will focus our attention on Scripture’s own self-testimony as we allow the text to answer two questions about itself: Where does Scripture come from? and What is Scripture intended for?

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But You, Continue…

2 Timothy 3:10-15
Paul’s great concern was that the gospel would continue to advance after his death. He had seen many either turn away to another to a false gospel or just simply walk away from the faith. So after detailing the spiritual decay of these persons in verses 1-9, Paul turned to exhort Timothy to “continue” in the gospel. He provides three contrasts between those who fall away and those who remain.

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Neither War nor Peace – A Gospel Response to False Teachers

2 Timothy 2:14-26
Paul turns to address how the man of God is to respond to the wolves in sheep’s clothing which the Lord promised, and Paul predicted would come to Ephesus. In his advice to Timothy, the apostle sets up the pattern for all God’s people in responding to false teachers, neither squabbling nor compromising, but hoping in the goodness and power of God and His purposes.

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